Betty Jo Burgess, Age :98

Feb 26,1922---May 17,2020

Betty Jo Burgess, 98, of Kansas City, MO, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at the home. She was born in Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka, KS to Elmer McClanahan and Fern Ruth Reno McClanahan. She lived her early childhood in Lecompton, KS. Betty and her mother moved to St. Joseph, MO after the death of her father to be near other family. She attended Central High School and after graduation attended Gard Business School. Betty met her future husband, Orville Burgess, in high school and they married after he graduated St. Joseph Junior College, now Missouri Western. The marriage was conducted by Betty’s Grandfather, a Methodist Circuit Rider. In St. Joseph they attended Huffman Memorial Methodist and raised two sons, John (Laurie) and Bob (Rex).

After moving to Gladstone they attended North Cross Methodist Church.

Preceding Betty in death was her husband of 62 years, Orville. There are six grandchildren: Amy Schmidt (Paul), Matthew Burgess (Kari), Jeffrey Burgess (Rebecca), Melanie Wight (Joshua), Katie Whorton (Jeremy), and Betsy Rieken (Josh). There are ten grandchildren: Jenna, Cassie, Allyson, Hailey, Savannah, Baya, Brooke, Aaron, Tristan, and Addison.

Betty resided in Wexford Place Assisted Living for the last six years leaving behind many friends there.  We wish to thank the staff there for their loving care.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at a later date. Donations may be sent to North Cross Methodist Church, Kansas City, MO.

Additional Service:
Services at Later Date


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